This drama takes audiences into the audition room as an African-American actor responds to the demands of a white director presuming to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character, Othello. More…
From the show:
Keith Hamilton Cobb’s AMERICAN MOOR is the award-winning, tour-de-force new play that takes audiences behind-the-scenes and into the audition room as an African-American actor responds to the demands of a white director presuming to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character, Othello.
A passionate and poetic exploration, AMERICAN MOOR is an essential look at the experience and perspective of black men in America while challenging the capacity of theatre to make all people fully visible and embraced.
See it if You're interested in the experiences and perceptions of a black actor in America. Incredibly illuminating and relevant. A must-see.
Don't see it if If you don't like intelligent one-person shows - but you'll be missing out on one of the most powerful and resonant shows I've ever seen.
See it if you want to go on an enthralling 90 minute journey with Mr. Cobb. Along the way you will hear his musings on race, acting, and Othello.
Don't see it if you need an action-packed evening. Although Mr. Cobb is in almost constant motion -- nothing static in this production.
See it if Really gets you into his point of view, emotions, frustrations as a Black man being told how to act as a Black man by white men.
Don't see it if Race, actor/theater talk or one person-ish shows aren't your thing.
See it if you want to see a breathtaking tour de force dancing at the intersection of race, the theatre industry, Shakespeare, and personal reflection
Don't see it if you aren't interested in a deep dive on Othello and its relevance to American black male identity.
See it if You like Keith Hamilton Cobb. I was an “All My Children” fan and knew him from there, albeit a brief stint. I didn’t follow him much after,
Don't see it if However, I didn’t realize how dynamic of an actor Keith is. He speaks to the plight of “rejected” actors, specifically large, black, male
See it if You want to see a black perspective on acting Shakespeare. Reveals a lot about prejudice and stereotypes. Great actor. Fast 90 min
Don't see it if You do not like pieces that examine society and race relations
See it if you want to see a great performance about a serious life issue: identity and the frustration of not being seen or heard as one truly is.
Don't see it if you are upset by anger and frustration because this man is suffused with both emotions. However, he is so much more than just reactivity. Go
See it if You want to reflect on race in America & your own implicit bias. See for a BRILLIANT performance & profound interpretation of Othello.
Don't see it if You are threatened by examining your own implicit bias. If you hate Shakespeare this play may turn you off. Or if you want light fare.
See it if Cobb’s powerful stage presence & sonorous voice hold attention throughout. His writing is ripe with Shakespearean overtones. I’d cast him!
Don't see it if The clueless director/interlocutor—realistically drawn though he may be—is a bit of a straw man. What if he’d been changed by the actor?
See it if Kevin Hamilton Cobb delivers a masterful performance of pure and unadulterated brilliance. Run to the box office to see the performance!
Don't see it if If the topic of African-American man & Shakespeare make you feel uncomfortable then this is not your show.
See it if You are excited by committed, risk-taking, physically graceful acting. Very few actors have the amazing physicality of Keith Hamilton Cobb.
Don't see it if If you would be irritated to hear for 90:minutes how unfair life is to actors of color. (Asians have it worse.)
See it if you're a Shakespeare/Othello completist; you're a fan of Keith Hamilton Cobb; you've wondered how actors feel playing the Moor of Venice
Don't see it if you're fascinated more by Shakespeare's language & characters vs how 1 actor becomes enraged by directors, racism, role interpretations
See it if you are a Shakespeare fan and are interested in a black actor's experience of auditioning in American theatre.
Don't see it if you are a regular theater goer and are hoping for a show that goes even deeper in challenging the societal norms of today.
See it if you like to be berated about white privilege and black stereotyping. The acting is intense, and the message is worth hearing. At least once.
Don't see it if The message is pounded in over and over. After the first 15 minutes, nothing new is said. Must actors of any color tell directors of (cont'd
See it if you love Shakespeare, great acting & the passions & poetry an actor brings to his roles. An eloquent look at the bard.
Don't see it if you think you know everything about African American actors & won't like the heavily weighted race card here.
See it if You want to see a well-acted, well-written thought provoking play, and you have some knowledge about Othello
Don't see it if You have no knowledge or interest in Othello or Shakespearean theater, offended by profanity, or want to see a romance, comedy or musical
See it if you are a Shakespeare or theater pro/lover. You want to better understand how race & power quietly impact interactions btwn ppl.
Don't see it if you've little patience for shows that can feel a bit long, or more observational than personal (his keen insights help offset these things).
See it if you admire great acting. and a relevant, thought-provoking evening in the theatre.
Don't see it if you don’t care for 1 man plays, or plays about racial issues. Don’t go if you’re just in the mood to be “entertained”...it’ requires thougt
See it if you're interested in an in-depth exploration of a black actor's feelings about Othello and being a black Shakespearean actor in America.
Don't see it if you've seen a lot of plays about race recently. While Cobb's perspective is insightful, the show itself could be trimmed/edited.
See it if Primarily a one-man show starring Keith Hamilton Cobb who is very impressive. Auditioning for the part of Othello.
Don't see it if You're not into solo performances. I enjoyed this play for the most part however I felt it was in need of editing.
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